The Kansas City Chiefs dismissed general manager John Dorsey on Thursday, a shocking move that reverberated throughout league circles.

Dorsey built one of the deepest rosters in the league during his four years as general manager, as evidenced by the Chiefs’ consecutive playoff appearances.

After Dorsey’s surprising exit, here’s a look at how he turned the Chiefs into a perennial playoff contender.


Round Pick Player Position 
1 1 Eric Fisher OT 
3 63 Travis Kelce TE 
3 96 Knile Davis RB
4 99 Nico Johnson LB 
5 134 Sanders Commings CB
6 170 Eric Kush
6 204 Braden Wilson FB 
7 207 Mike Catapano DE 

Fisher didn’t develop into the All-Pro caliber left tackle his draft billing would suggest, but he’s a capable starter for the Chiefs with above-average run-blocking ability. Through four seasons, it would be cruel to label Fisher as a bust after starting 59 games for one of the best teams in the AFC.

Kelce is one of the NFL’s best tight ends, operating as Alex Smith’s safety valve while regularly burning linebackers and cornerbacks downfield. The 27-year-old has been named to back-to-back Pro Bowls and led the Chiefs in receiving yards last season.

Davis was a sporadic contributor for the Chiefs over five seasons, Johnson is out of the league, Commins opted for a baseball career with the Atlanta Braves, Kush was waived in 2015 and signed a two-year extension with the Chicago Bears in February, while Wilson and Catapano did not make any impact with the team.


Round Pick Player Position
1 23 Dee Ford DE 
3 87 Phillip Gaines CB
4 124 De’Anthony Thomas RB/KR 
5 163 Aaron Murray QB
6 193 Zach Fulton
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT 

There are few, if any, teams better than the Chiefs at drafting edge rushers, and Ford is a prime example. The 26-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2016, recording 10 sacks in 15 games and providing the club with another excellent pass-rushing threat.

Gaines emerged as a key contributor to a loaded Chiefs’ secondary and is coming off the best season of his career where he racked up 44 tackles, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Gaines may have been billed as a future star on many teams throughout the league.

Thomas has worked primarily as a return specialist for the Chiefs after struggling to carve out a role as a wide receiver. With the team’s emphasis on groundbreaking speed, Thomas’ job isn’t in jeopardy.

Duvernay-Tardif is arguably the most impressive player from the Chiefs’ 2014 haul, making 27 starts over the course of his career. A relative unknown prior to the draft due to his collegiate career at Canadian academic powerhouse McGill, Duvernay-Tardif earned a five-year, $41.25 million extension in February.

Fulton has made 34 starts at fullback and works exclusively as a blocker for the team’s running back rotation.

Murray is the lone blemish on the 2014 class, failing to make an impact for the Chiefs or any other club.


Round Pick Player Position
1 18 Marcus Peters CB 
2 49 Mitch Morse G/C
3 76 Chris Conley WR 
3 98 Steven Nelson CB
4 118 Ramik Wilson LB 
5 172 D.J. Alexander LB 
5 173 James O’Shaughnessy TE 
6 217 Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT
7 233 Da’Ron Brown WR 

Peters was a star from the second he took the field, recording an interception on his first NFL snap. The cornerback was named to consecutive Pro Bowls, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2016. Simply, Peters is one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks and this was a massive victory for Dorsey and his staff.

Morse started 31 games through his first two seasons and is entrenched at center for the foreseeable future, improving in both pass and run-blocking schemes in 2016.

Conley’s blazing speed endeared him to the Chiefs’ management group and he compiled a solid sophomore campaign, catching 44 passes for 530 yards last season. After the Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin in June, Conley will be given a larger role in the passing game.

Nelson is an increasingly important part of the secondary, racking up 65 tackles and 16 pass deflections in 2016. Only eight cornerbacks in the NFL played more snaps than Nelson did last season.

Wilson recorded 76 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception in 11 games last year. Like Nelson, Wilson could see a larger role in 2017.

Alexander is a special teams wizard for the Chiefs and was named to the Pro Bowl last season. It’s likely he’ll remain on special teams exclusively.

Nunez-Roches cracked the Chiefs’ loaded interior rotation last year and is continuing to improve. At 23, Nunez-Roches is just scratching the surface of his potential.

O’Shaughnessy was traded to New England in April, while Brown bounced around the league, signing a futures contract with the Chargers in January.


Round Pick Player Position
2 37 Chris Jones DT 
3 74 KeiVarae Russell CB
4 105 Parker Ehinger
4 106 Eric Murray CB 
4 126 Demarcus Robinson WR
5 162 Kevin Hogan QB
5 165 Tyreek Hill WR
6 178 D.J. White CB
6 203 Dadi Nicolas LB 

Hill was the steal of the 2016 NFL Draft and will be one of the hallmarks of Dorsey’s legacy with the Chiefs. Possessing world-class speed, Hill dominated defenders in all facets of the game, as a receiver, running back, and kick returner, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors. After Maclin’s release, Hill could emerge as a bonafide star in 2017.

Jones also appears to be a star in the making, gaining 11 starts on a vaunted defensive line, collecting 28 tackles and two sacks. Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the 13th-best interior lineman in 2016, and he is a breakout candidate entering the fall.

Russell struggled miserably during training camp last summer and was released by the Chiefs. The cornerback promptly signed with the Bengals.

Ehinger made four starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Like most players in this class, the jury is still out.

Robinson and Nicolas did not play last season, White recorded 11 tackles and an interception, while Hogan was released and played sparingly for the Browns.


Round Pick Player Position
1 10 Patrick Mahomes II QB
2 59 Tanoh Kpassagnon DE 
3 86 Kareem Hunt RB
4 139 Jehu Chesson WR
5 183 Ukeme Eligwe LB 
6 218 Leon McQuay III

None of these players have played an NFL snap, so it’s far too early to make an evaluation. Mahomes could develop into a future star, but will be glued to the bench during his rookie year, while Hunt represents great value at running back. If the Chiefs remain a playoff contender well into the decade, Dorsey should be remembered for his final drafts with the team.

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